Orlando Sentinel:

Doug Guetzloe, a controversial and influential conservative political consultant in Central Florida for decades, died Tuesday, his family confirmed.

He was 63.

Staff at First Presbyterian Church of Orlando said they were scheduling a funeral but did not have details yet on Thursday afternoon.

Guetzloe was best known for creating a tax watchdog group, Ax the Tax, and as a founder of the Tea Party movement in Florida.

Dominic Calabro, president and CEO of Florida Taxwatch, was among those who paid tribute to Guetzloe.

"We've been on the same side, and opposite sides of issues. I always appreciated his dedication and tenacity, and I believe he was looking out for the best interests of taxpayers, and a patriot," Calabro said.

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